60 survivors of human trafficking push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the START Act

“FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Sixty survivors of human trafficking sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing him to sign the START Act, which would allow courts to vacate criminal convictions that result from sex or labor trafficking. ‘These convictions also make it much more difficult to rebuild our lives, creating hurdles for obtaining employment, student…Continue reading 60 survivors of human trafficking push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the START Act

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Paving the Path to Decriminalization in Oregon and Beyond

Paving the Path to Decriminalization in Oregon and Beyond (giddy.com, July 2, 2021) DSW’s Melissa Broudo is quoted: “We truly are sitting at the precipice of significant legislative change on a national level [for] this issue,” Broudo said. “This year alone, Oregon, with HB 3088, but also NEW YORK and Massachusetts, and in prior years Vermont…Continue reading Paving the Path to Decriminalization in Oregon and Beyond

NY Senate Passes the START Act

NY Senate Passes the START Act

The New York State Senate passed the Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief Together (START) Act (S.674/‍A.459), which would provide greater protections for survivors of human trafficking by allowing them to clear convictions related to their exploitation, known as vacatur. Currently, survivors of trafficking can only petition the court to clear convictions for prostitution but not other offenses their…Continue reading NY Senate Passes the START Act

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There’s a special court for sex workers, but it’s a far cry from what they need

There’s a special court for sex workers, but it’s a far cry from what they need (Prism.com, April 28, 2021) DSW’s Ariela Moscowitz is quoted: “Human trafficking occurs across all labor sectors and is a horrific crime,” said Ariela Moscowitz, director of communications at Decriminalize Sex Work, an organization that works to improve public attitudes…Continue reading There’s a special court for sex workers, but it’s a far cry from what they need

Decriminalize Sex Work’s Statement on Manhattan DA’s Announcement

Decriminalize Sex Work’s Statement on Manhattan DA’s Announcement

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance, following in the footsteps of other New York City boroughs, announced that his office would no longer prosecute individuals for prostitution and unlicensed massage. The news was met with mixed emotions from sex workers and their allies because the policy leaves intact the criminalization of clients. Some welcomed the…Continue reading Decriminalize Sex Work’s Statement on Manhattan DA’s Announcement

She Works Hard for the Money: Decriminalization and changing public attitudes makes sex work safer for everyone

She Works Hard for the Money: Decriminalization and changing public attitudes makes sex work safer for everyone (Motif) DSW’s Ariela Moscowitz is quoted: “We’re always pushing sex work to be seen as work … and to improve the health and safety of sex workers and communities at large. We know full decriminalization leads to a…Continue reading She Works Hard for the Money: Decriminalization and changing public attitudes makes sex work safer for everyone

Brooklyn DA: Outstanding prostitution warrants from past 4 decades dismissed

Brooklyn DA: Outstanding prostitution warrants from past 4 decades dismissed (News 12) DSW’s Melissa Broudo is featured: “This is not just symbolic. It is meaningful for those over 857 people whose lives were directly impacted by criminalization who either had warrants hanging over their heads or pending court cases hanging over their heads. The criminal…Continue reading Brooklyn DA: Outstanding prostitution warrants from past 4 decades dismissed

Rhode Island Introduces Legislation Aimed at Protecting Sex Workers

DSW is pleased to be working with allies in Rhode Island on four bills critical to the health and safety of sex workers and communities as a whole! DSW’s Melissa Broudo and J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly testified in support of the resolution and bills listed below. House Resolution 5250: “Creating a special legislative commission to study ensuring…Continue reading Rhode Island Introduces Legislation Aimed at Protecting Sex Workers

Decriminalization News From Oregon and Louisiana

March 3, 2021: New Orleans District 91 State Representative Mandie Landry proposed a new bill decriminalizing prostitution in Louisiana on International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Landry partnered with local sex worker rights and domestic violence advocates to draft the legislation. Women With a Vision, a coalition that advocates for increased awareness around substance abuse and domestic violence…Continue reading Decriminalization News From Oregon and Louisiana

A Victory Decades in the Making: New York Repeals the Walking While Trans Ban

After nearly fifty years of wreaking havoc on marginalized communities, the criminalization of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense was finally repealed in New York State. The statute, passed in 1976, is commonly referred to as the “Walking While Trans Ban” because law enforcement used it to unjustly target, harass, and…Continue reading A Victory Decades in the Making: New York Repeals the Walking While Trans Ban